The Pickup Artist (TV series)

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The Pickup Artist
Genre Reality
Game show
Created by 3Ball Productions
Starring Mystery (Erik von Markovik)
James Matador (Stan Tayi)
J-Dog (Justin Marks)
Tara Ferguson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) J. D. Roth
Todd A. Nelson
Adam Greener
Doug Wilson
Clair McCabe
Michael Hirschorn
Jeff Olde
Suzanne Murch
Producer(s) Angela Malloy
Editor(s) Taatshing Hui
Tim Preston
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 43 mins.
Production company(s) 3Ball Productions
Distributor RDF Rights[1]
Broadcast
Original channel VH1
Original run August 6, 2007 – November 30, 2008
External links
Website

The Pickup Artist is an American reality television dating themed game show that aired on VH1.[2] The show was hosted by pickup artist Mystery (Erik von Markovik) and his wings J-Dog (Justin Marks) and James Matador, with Tara Ferguson replacing J-Dog in season 2. The first season featured eight male contestants that had previously been unsuccessful in love and relationships. Throughout the show the contestants are tutored in the art of the "pickup" as taught by Mystery and his wings. In each episode the men were given challenges that involved picking women up in different situations, such as on a bridge during the day or in a nightclub. As the show progressed the men were instructed to pick up women of varying levels of difficulty, such as in the second to last challenge of the first season where the men had to pick up a stripper, described by Mystery as "the ultimate challenge."[3] The winner of the first season was Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando.

The second season featured nine contestants and aired in October 2008,[4] with the second season's winner being 27-year-old Simeon Moses.

Seasons[edit]

Season Premiere Date Finale Date Winner Runner-up Location
1 August 6, 2007 September 24, 2007 Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando Brady Sprunger Austin, Texas
2 October 12, 2008 November 30, 2008 Simeon Moses Matt Radmanovich Phoenix, Arizona

Season One[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Season 1 Cast
Name Age Status/Reason on Show Eliminated
Kosmo (Alvaro Orlando) 23 Freezes up around women Winner
Brady 25 Lacking in self-confidence 7th
Joe D. 25 The "friend" to girls 6th
Pradeep 22 Over analyzes and talks too much 5th
Joe W. 24 Starts off strong but often fails fast 4th
Scott 26 Gets very nervous and stutters around women 3rd
Fred 45 40 year old virgin, plus 5 2nd
Spoon (Steven Poon) 27 Does not know how to approach women 1st

Episode Progress[edit]

Call-out Order
# Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Kosmo Joe D. Joe W. Kosmo Pradeep Kosmo Brady Kosmo
2 Brady Brady Kosmo Joe D. Kosmo Brady Kosmo Brady
3 Fred Kosmo Pradeep Joe W. Joe D. Joe D. Joe D.
4 Joe D. Joe W. Joe D. Brady Brady Pradeep
5 Joe W. Scott Scott Pradeep Joe W.
6 Pradeep Pradeep Brady Scott
7 Scott Fred Fred
8 Spoon Spoon
     The contestant won immunity.
     The contestant was chosen as a wingman and had immunity.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant quit the competition.
     The contestant won the title of the Pickup Artist.
  • Note 1: Episode 1 had no elimination.
  • Note 2: Alvaro changed his name to Kosmo in Episode 2.
  • Note 3: Contrary to statements made earlier in the episode, no wing men were allowed to be selected in Episode 5.
  • Note 4: Episode 8 was a recap episode.

Season Two[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Season 2 Cast
Name Age Also Known As Status/Reason for coming on the show Episode Eliminated
Simeon Moses 27 The High-Pitched Hottie Cried when his girlfriend dumped him Winner
Matt Radmanovich 26 The guy with foot in his mouth Flew across the country and his girlfriend dumped him upon arrival Episode 8
Greg Fellows 26 The Loner Hasn't had a date in 5 years Episode 7
Rian Turner 28 Patron Saint of the Overlooked A virgin who has never even had a girlfriend Episode 6
Brian Ly 21 The guy who never kissed a girl. Never kissed a girl Episode 5
Todd Pabst 26 The Girl's Best Friend Has never had sex Episode 4
Karl Meyer 21 The Brokenhearted Kid His only girlfriend broke up with him and broke his heart Episode 3
Kevin Feng 21 Strike-out King The only girlfriend he's ever had cheated on him Episode 2
Alex William Shelley 22 Women think he's gay Virgin, lives with his parents Episode 1

Episode Progress[edit]

Call-out Order
# Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Brian Brian Greg Rian Simeon Matt Simeon Simeon
2 Greg Greg Matt Brian Matt Simeon Matt Matt
3 Karl Todd Brian Matt Greg Greg Greg
4 Kevin Rian Todd Simeon Rian Rian
5 Matt Matt Simeon Greg Brian
6 Rian Simeon Rian Todd
7 Simeon Karl Karl
8 Todd Kevin
9 Alex
     The contestant won immunity.
     The contestant was chosen as a wingman and had immunity.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant won the title of the Pickup Artist.

Reception[edit]

The initial viewer ratings were disappointing, debuting with only 673,000 viewers.[5][6] Viewer ratings picked up by the season's end, resulting in the series being picked up for a second season.

Critical reception for the series was mixed, with the AV Club panning the second season's opening episode.[7]

Controversy[edit]

Controversy began to cloud The Pickup Artist after revelations that some of the contestants' livelihoods were not as they were listed on the VH1 show profiles.[8] Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando had been referred to as a game programmer. But, he actually had been an aspiring actor for the previous four years - working out of Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.[9] Runner-up contestant Brady Sprunger was characterized as a shy photographer. But he had been working for a modeling agency, the Los Angeles based Action Agency, for five full years prior to the show's taping.

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